Military clearing ops in Marawi yield millions of cash, cheques | Inquirer News

Military clearing ops in Marawi yield millions of cash, cheques

/ 11:07 AM June 06, 2017

Cash and checks amounting to P76 million are discovered in one of the houses in the besieged city of Marawi. PHOTO FROM PHILIPPINE MARINES

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Philippine Marine soldiers on Monday recovered almost P76 million in cash and cheques kept in a vault in one of the houses of a local businessman in Marawi City, military officials announced Tuesday.

Brigadier General Custodio Parcon, commander of Task Group Marawi, told the INQUIRER that they recovered the cash and cheques during the military’s clearing operations against the Maute snipers and machine gun post on Saklot Street, Barangay Saduc in Marawi City.

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Parcon said while the platoon of First Lieutenant Frederick Savellano, of the 37th Marine Company- Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 (MBLT7), “was conducting clearing operations, they recovered P52.2 million (in cash) and stale cheques worth P23,776,386.71.”

The soldiers also recovered an M16 Armalite rifle from the house that was used as sniper’s post.

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Parcon said the house belongs to Mariam Kouzbary Batara Dimaocor, owner of the company GM ROL-MAR Construction and Development.

But Parcon said they still could not say if Dimaocor has links with the terrorist group.

“We cannot tell their relationship with the Maute, it is still under investigation,” Parcon said. JPV/rga

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